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SCOOP

SCOOP is a research and training centre dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of sustainable cooperation as a key feature of resilient societies. The centre connects research groups from sociology, psychology, history, philosophy, public administration, research methods, and statistics. SCOOP is a joint initiative by the University of Groningen (Strategic Theme  Sustainable Society) and Utrecht University (Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies), and also involves researchers from the VU Amsterdam, the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Radboud University Nijmegen. The 2025 Vision for Science of the Dutch Ministry of Education (2014, p. 19) praised SCOOP as an “example of cross-pollination between disciplines”.

 

More about the program

Training

In addition to the academic ambitions, the program wants to realise several tangible long-term gains. In order to achieve them we created the Training Center. It is organized in two sections, each of them with  a specific target. The first one is research-oriented and it is aimed at prospective students. The second is policy-oriented and its target are practitioners.

For prospective students 

The first section of our Training Center consists in a talent selection and training program to prepare the next generation of top researchers. In the spirit of the research center, students will be trained in a transdisciplinary fashion to include elements from psychology, sociology, philosophy, and history.For more information on the teaching program, click here.

For practitioners

The second section of our Training Center makes use of the main results from the research center as a whole. The goal is to provide insights and instruments that can be used to train societal partners and stakeholders to foster a resilient society.

Agnes Akkerman is the James Coleman Professor of Sustainable Cooperation in Collective Labor Relations in the Department of Sociology at the University of Groningen and Professor of Labor Market Institutions and Labor Relations in the Department of Economics at the Radboud University Nijmegen. She is one of The Netherlands’ leading sociologists in the eld of policy networks, corporatism, and industrial relations, and was a visiting fellow at Cornell University in 2011. In her NWO VICI project (2016), she investigates how and why employers suppress the expression of dissatisfaction by employees, and what kind of spillover effects this has for their cooperative behavior within and outside of the organization. Her multiple award-winning research has appeared in top journals in the eld of Sociology, Political Science and Public Administration. 

 

Expertise

Sociology

Excellence

VICI, NWO conflict grants

 

Resources

LIBRARY

 

Books           Articles

 

DATA

Experimental            Panel            Historical            Cross-national

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